Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This is what we union thugs do on Mother's Day

We raise more than $25,000 to support breast cancer victims and their families.

We'll let Joint Council 25 tell the story:
More than 160 Chicago Teamsters put their walking shoes to the ground this Mother’s Day in the fight against breast cancer during the 21st Annual Y-Me Race at Your Pace in Grant Park. 
For six straight years, Teamsters Joint Council 25 has generously supported the Chicago-based Y-Me, an organization that assists women, men and families living with breast cancer. This year, Teamsters from across northern Illinois and Indiana raised more than $25,000 for the non-profit before completing the yearly three-mile walk/run on May 13. 
“The Teamsters have raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for the Y-Me organization in less than a decade, and our support is here to stay,” said John T. Coli, President of Joint Council 25. “All of our local affiliates partnered aggressively this year with the Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee to increase fundraising and expand our union’s commitment to battling this disease.” 
Joint Council 25 pledged individual contributions for all registered Teamsters and their family members in an effort to bolster personal fundraising goals for this year’s walkers. By the day of the event, all participating Teamsters had donated at least $35 to the charitable group. Y-Me uses its proceeds to supply free wigs to breast cancer patients and to oversee a national hotline of survivors available to lend support 365 days a year.
And by the way, "Thugs" stands for "Those Helpful Union Guys (and Gals)."